The Strange Tale of HB 2207

Last week, the Kansas House rejected a bill to encourage and enhance ethnic studies in Kansas public schools. On the surface of it, this would seem just more of the same reactionary, fundamentalist conservatism we see every day in our legislative leadership. But below the surface, there was more going on.

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ACTION ALERT - Stop tax money for private religious schools!

This is a critical day in the Kansas Legislature. We need to express our opposition to several bills, but especially HB 2457, the expansion of the tax-credit scholarship bill. This bill would make an already terrible law even worse, and put us on the path to fully funding private, religious schools.

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Subverting Democracy at the Kansas Legislature

Last week saw some incredible acts in the Kansas Legislature, some expected of a partisan legislative leadership, some shocking in their brazen flouting of the democratic process. Read on for the details.

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The Cost and the Value of Education

We said it at the beginning of the session, and we reiterate it now, the big issues this year in the Kansas Legislature are public education, the Kansas budget, and expansion of the state's health care mismanagement. Under all of those lurks the specter of the independence of the judicial branch of state government, as we saw last week.

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ACTION ALERT - Stop the Education Committee's Insanity!

The level of extreme rhetoric and, unfortunately, actual legislation coming out of the Kansas House Committee on Education this week is unbelievable. We need you to make yourself heard, now, to let the members of the House of Representatives know, in no uncertain manner, how strongly we oppose these actions.

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Election Year Politics

Last week gave us a prime example to use when discussing election year politics in Kansas. We have pressing problems, including a state budget that continues to crater, bringing down our public schools and state infrastructure, and a moral vacuum in Topeka that knocks people off welfare onto the street and calls it success.

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ALERT - Kansas House debates tomorrow on giving Brownback power over Supreme Court

Now is the time to act.

Tell your Kansas Representative to oppose HCR 5005, and prevent Gov. Brownback from grabbing more power.

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It's About Education

Education is the single most expensive item in the State General Fund. New lawmakers arriving in Topeka are floored by just how much money it takes to run a public education system. And every one of them thinks, surely we can save money somewhere?

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Testimony Opposing SB 56 - Discouraging teaching of sexual education

This is testimony presented by MainStream opposing SB 56, a bill designed to remove legal protections for teachers teaching appropriate and necessary sexual education materials to students n elementary and secondary schools in Kansas.


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Testimony Opposing HB 2457 - Tax scholarship vouchers

MainStream has submitted testimony opposing HB 2457, which would amend the existing tax credit scholarship act to make it even more obviously a tax-funded private school voucher program. You can read our testimony below.


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